It’s a month to stand for science, celebrate spring and support Maine’s young storytellers
Friday–Sunday, April 6–8
Sunday River, Newry
Celebrate the (relatively) warmer weather with spring skiing and riding as well as live bands, Maine Brew Fest Spring Session (April 6; ticketed event) and the epic Slip ‘n’ Flip (April 7). The Slip ‘n’ Flip is a relay-style competition where 16 teams of five slip-and-slide down the course to a table at the bottom where they “flip” non-alcoholic punch. (Maine Brew Fest tickets are $55 at the door; $15 for designated drivers; sundayriver.com)
Chocolate Lovers’ Fling
Sunday, April 8, 1–4 p.m. (silent auction begins at noon)
Marriott at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland
This four-course banquet of all things chocolate is an indulgent afternoon you can feel good about as it raises money for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM). ($55 in advance, $60 at the door; chocolateloversfling.com)
The Telling Room Presents Show & Tell: A Literary Spectacular
Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland
This new performance fundraiser showcases a variety of storytellers, including New York Times best-selling novelist Paula McLain (“The Paris Wife”), writer Andre Dubus III (“Dirty Love”), singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, comedian John Hodgman, hip-hop artist Jean Grae and poet Zainab Almatwari. Proceeds will support The Telling Room’s free in-school and afterschool writing initiatives for Maine youth. ($25–$75; tellingroom.org/events)
Portland March for Science
Saturday, April 14, 1–4 p.m.
Starting at City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland
Take a stand for evidence-based policy-making, marching from City Hall in Portland, up Congress Street to Lincoln Park. (facebook.com/marchforscienceportlandmaine)
Jessica Lang Dance
Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
This artful contemporary dance company, founded by choreographer Jessica Lang, is best known for a piece called Thousand Yard Stare, which evokes soldiers in formation and at war. ($33–$44, student deal $15; portlandovations.org)
Stars on Ice Tour
Sunday, April 15, 4–6:30 p.m.
Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland
If you’re missing all the Olympic figure skating coverage, you don’t want to miss this show featuring Maia and Alex Shibutani, Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon and Meryl Davis and Charlie White. ($25–$135; crossarenaportland.com/events)
Vintage Bazaar New England
Friday–Sunday, April 20–22
Brick South (indoors), Thompson’s Point, Portland
Think antiques, plus upcycled salvage styles, unique handmade items and vintage treasures. More than 80 indoor vendors, plus music, food trucks and libations. ($10–$20; mybazaarlife.com)
Maine Women’s Expo
Saturday, April 21, noon to 4 p.m. (followed by happy hour 4–6 p.m.)
The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport
Where else can you shop for Maine-made products, do some DIY projects, get a workout, get pampered and sip a signature cocktail? Ticket proceeds from the Expo, which is put on by Maine Women Magazine, will go to Caring Unlimited, a non-profit providing support and safe haven to those whose lives are affected by domestic abuse in York County. ($8 in advance, $15 at the door; mainewomenexpo.com)
Maine Women’s Fund Leadership Luncheon
Thursday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland
The Maine Women’s Fund grants more than $100,000 a year to organizations working on issues important to Maine women and girls. This annual 500-person luncheon is a chance to hear about what community leaders and change-making organizations are doing around the state. (mainewomensfund.org)
One in Five 5K
Sunday, April 29, 9–11 a.m.
Thomas College, 180 West River Road, Waterville
One in five Mainers will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. In recognition of this terrible statistic, run or walk as an individual or team in support of the hundreds of Kennebec and Somerset county survivors served by the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center in Winthrop. (Register in advance; silentnomore.org/one-in-five-5k-2018.html)